Film swap with Jesús

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Several months ago I did a film swap with my internet friend, and fellow pinhole photography aficionado, Jesús! We did a black and white film swap, which is rather new for me. I am extraordinarily behind on posting these.

Here are some of my favorites from the roll.

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

You can see more on my Flickr. And do check out  Jesús‘s work! the guy is a brilliant pinhole photographer. I feel like even that last statement is an understatement. He is a master of the art of pinhole photography. :)

Open 24 hours

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Open 24 hours

Continuing my series of photos taken in Sandy with my Holga in Black and White film. Here is the little market down the street where I get my potato chip fix in the afternoons on a rainy day. It’s got that kinda cool, run down feel to it. And it’s open 24 hours.

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Geeky bits:
Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development: stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour

Thoughts on kindness

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The zen center I belong to is going through precepts study at the moment, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about them lately. During this  study period you are supposed read them every morning and then the idea is that the wisdom bubbles up into your daily life. The reading of them in the morning, to be completely honest, feels like such a chore. But it totally works. The wisdom  bubbles up to the surface in all sorts of interesting ways.

This past week I’ve been thinking a lot about this precept:

Don’t be mean with dharma or weath – share understanding, give freely of self.
In the genuine, all pervading dharma, being jealous of nothing is the precept of not being mean with dharma or weath. One phrase, one verse – that is the ten thousand things and one hundred grasses; one dharma, one realization – that is all buddhas and dharma ancestors. From the beginning, not one thing has been begrudged.

On the surface, it seems pretty straightforward. But then when you start thinking about it, it’s like WTF is this about. Then thousand things? huh? One hundred grasses? My mind kind of stops working at that point.

So this part of it is completely nonsensical to me right now. However, this morning I replaced the world “dharma” with the word “kindness” and it all makes much more sense. Do not be mean (or stingy) with kindness. Share understanding and give freely of self.

Give freely of self.

I feel like this is the key to understanding this precept. If you can give kindness, then give kindness.

For me, right now, being kind not only applies to others, but it also applies to myself. I think, culturally, we are programmed to be kind to others, which is good. But are we programmed to be kind to ourselves? Not really. I have been working really hard on programing my brain to be kind to myself.

An example of this is that I’ve been thinking about different versions of myself. Specifically “future Monica.” Or “Past Monica.” When I, for example, do the dishes before going to bed I’ve been thinking about it as being kind to “future Monica.” And, indeed, when I wake up and the dishes are done and the kitchen is clean I am super stoked. It makes my day start out on a good note. And then I can be grateful for “Past Monica” for being kind to the me in the present.

The Little White Church

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The little white church

At the end of last year – sometime in November or December (maybe even October) I was inspired to load my Holga with Tri-x and wander around town with it. It was a rainy day. I finally got around to uploading some of the photos this week and I kinda dig them. I am thinking that I will do a series of Holga + Tri-x photos in my small town. That combo + a rainy day work very well. And we certainly have lots of rainy days around here.

I will post more of this series in the near future!

Also: Can I just say that I really love my Holga. It holds such a special place in my heart. It was the camera that lured me back into this remarkable and wonderful world of Film Photography. I really need to give it more love.

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Geeky bits:

Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development: Stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour.

May postcard exchange!

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I have been really enjoying the postcard exchange that I’ve been hosting for a few years. This latest received is beautiful! It is from the very-talented Diane Martin Peterson. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person last weekend when she came to the WPPD meetup in Portland. She is a lovely person, as well as a talented photographer.

If you would like to sign up for the May postcard exchange you can do so here on this blog post! scroll down a bit for the form. Or you can Click here to be taken to it externally.

We are exchanging postcard-sized prints of our original photography. Digital and film photography is welcome!

Sign up for the May post card swap is closed. If you are interested in being informed of new swaps, fill out the form here

Keep Portland Weird

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Keep Portland Weird

This past Sunday was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! I met up with several friends from around the world in Portland. We had a fantastic time together. This is becoming an annual thing, these meetups. Last year we met in Amsterdam, this year in PDX, next year we will meet in Barcelona. I am already looking forward to next year’s adventure!

I am still waiting on film to come back from the lab from the day so I haven’t made my final decision, but I am, so far, leaning toward this one being my official submission to the Pinholeday.org website. I made several accidental double exposures that day due to beer, and just general excitement. I kind of feel like this photo sums up the day.  I will post the rest of my results in another post. You can see the group gallery for our #GitTogether here.

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Geeky Bits:

Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Exposure time: 5 seconds
Development: Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal.